NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

The Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects (SPG) program aims to increase research and training in specific targeted areas that will strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and environment with the next 10 years.

Strategic Partnership Grants require a partnership between researchers and eligible industrial, government and/or community organizations. At a minimum, these supporting organizations are required to provide in-kind contributions (cash is not compulsory) and be a fully engaged partner in the research project.

SPGs are intended to fund small to large research projects that will help solve real-world problems, enhance training and build lasting partnerships with supporting organizations.

Important Note: NSERC will announce the Letter of Intent (LOI) results for the 2017 SPG competition by April 1, 2017. For successful LOI applicants invited to submit an SPG full application, SPARC is providing a range of support services including Internal Reviews. Any UBC faculty submitting an SPG full application, who wants to voluntarily request an Internal Review (expert peer-review) please refer to the SPG Internal Reviews (IR) webpage, and complete the mandatory registration.
NOTE: The SPG IR registration deadline is Friday, April 21, 2017.

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NSERC SPGs Quick Facts
  • “Average” SPG grant: $180,000 for 3 years (2016)
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline (mandatory): February 1st
  • Successful LOI Applicants invited to submit full application: April 1st
  • Deadline to submit full SPG application: June 7th
  • SPG competition results announced: September 15th
  • Research teams typically consist of 3-4 members, often multidisciplinary
  • Project should have clear objectives and scope, and span from 1-3 years
  • One or more eligible supporting organizations is/are required, and should at least provide in-kind contributions, be strongly involved in the research and capable of applying the results
  • Four Target Areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Environment and Agriculture, Information and Communications Technologies, Natural Resources and Energy (with 4-6 research topics)


SPARC Services and Resources

Previous NSERC SPG Workshop slides and audio/video are available as CWL-protected resources.

Information on and Requests for:

  • Internal Review (peer review of proposal)
  • Detailed Review (full SPARC review)
  • One-on-One Strategic Consultations

Contact: David Woods (604-822-8789)


SPARC Contacts

David Woods, NSE Research Partnership Development Manager
Email: david.woods@ubc.ca; Phone: 604-822-8789

Tim Salcudean, Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor for VP Research Office
Email: tims@ece.ubc.ca; Phone: 604-822-3243